Board of Selectmen Approves Purchase of Pierce 107-Foot Quint

Beacon Hose is thrilled to announce that we are FINALLY GETTING OUR LADDER TRUCK!

The Board of Selectmen approved this evening a purchase order for the demo apparatus that we examined earlier this month. We will be purchasing a 2017 Pierce Ascendant, which is a quint apparatus with a 107-foot ladder, 500 gallons of water, several ground ladders, and compartment space for a wide assortment of tools.

With this apparatus being a demo piece, we are getting a whole lot of bang for our buck. Pierce has agreed to outfit the truck with some specific changes that we requested, and we expect to take delivery of this rig by the end of April.

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Past Chief Ted Smith Elected to CT Firefighters Hall of Fame

Beacon Hose is unbelievably proud, excited and honored to announce that Past Chief Ted Smith has been selected for enshrinement in the Connecticut State Firefighters Association Hall of Fame! Chief Smith will be part of the 10th class of inductees honored April 5 at the Aqua Turf in Southington.

Teddy is the son of Past Chief Arthur Smith, who served as chief from 1956-61. Ted joined Beacon Hose in 1970, and he soon became one of our department’s first EMTs. He first became an officer as a lieutenant under Joe Daddona in 1986, rose to the rank of captain under Tom Pratt and Bob Cole, and spent five years as assistant chief under Billy Lee. Finally, Ted served as chief from 1997-2000, completing the first father-son chief combination in Beacon Hose history.

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Resolve to be Ready for a Winter Emergency

Beacon Hose, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), want you to always “Resolve to be Ready” for an emergency, especially during the winter.

Taking preparedness actions can save lives and protect property anywhere — at home, in schools, in your neighborhood and in the workplace. We highlight the importance of planning ahead to protect our families and secure our community and homes for disasters. For these reasons, we are asking you to Resolve to be Ready by knowing your risk and taking action.

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Reviewing Snow Ordinances and Fire Hydrant Clearing

It’s a good time for Beacon Falls residents to refresh themselves on the town ordinances involving snow and ice removal from their sidewalks, as well as rules about street parking during snowstorms. Here are the key details to remember:

  • Residents must clear snow and ice away from public sidewalks adjacent to their property in a timely manner after a snowstorm. The ordinance specifies this be done within 12 hours of the end of snow (after 7 a.m.).
  • Residents and private contractors may not clear snow from sidewalks or driveways into a public street.
  • Residents cannot park on public streets for more than one hour while town workers are clearing snow.

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